Public Rental Housing data collection, 2011–12; Quality Statement
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Registration status:||AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 05/06/2015|
|Quality statement summary:|
All states and territories provide a range of public housing programs and maintain administrative data sets about these programs. These data sets are provided annually to the AIHW. The data in this collection contain information about public rental housing (PH) dwellings, households assisted and households on the waiting list during 2011–12 and at 30 June 2012.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 (Cwth) to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. It is an independent statutory authority established in 1987, governed by a management Board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health and Ageing portfolio.
The AIHW aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. It collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.
The Institute also plays a role in developing and maintaining national metadata standards. This work contributes to improving the quality and consistency of national health and welfare statistics. The Institute works closely with governments and non-government organisations to achieve greater adherence to these standards in administrative data collections to promote national consistency and comparability of data and reporting.
One of the main functions of the AIHW is to work with the states and territories to improve the quality of administrative data and, where possible, to compile national datasets based on data from each jurisdiction, to analyse these datasets and disseminate information and statistics.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987, in conjunction with compliance to the Privacy Act 1988, (Cth) ensures that the data collections managed by the AIHW are kept securely and under the strictest conditions with respect to privacy and confidentiality.
For further information see the AIHW website www.aihw.gov.au.
The AIHW receives, compiles, edits and verifies the public rental housing data in collaboration with jurisdictions, which retain ownership of the data and must approve any jurisdiction level output before it is released. The finalised data sets are used by the AIHW for collation, reporting and analysis.
The reference period for the Public Housing (PH) collection is based on the financial year (ending 30 June). The specific reference period for these data is 2011–12.
Data are collected and published annually. The data for the 2011–12 reference period were due to be signed off by the jurisdictions and provided to AIHW by 21 September 2012. A number of jurisdictions failed to meet this deadline, with NSW signing off on 25 September 2012; ACT revised data after initial sign-off and signed off final data on 26 October 2012; Tas requested an extension and signed off on 8 October 2012.
Summary items and performance indicators from the 2011–12 PH collection were first published in the Report on Government Services 2013 in January 2013.
Annual data is reported in Housing Assistance in Australia and the Report on Government Services 2013.
Disaggregated data and unit record data may be requested through the national data repository and provided subject to jurisdiction approval. Contact the AIHW Communications, Media and Marketing Unit on (02) 6244 1032 or via email (email@example.com) for further details.
Detailed metadata and definitions relating to this data source can be found in the Public rental housing data set specification on METeOR. Supplementary information can be found in the public rental housing collection manual which is available upon request from the AIHW at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The data collected are an administrative by-product of the management of public rental housing programs run by the jurisdictions and conform well in terms of scope, coverage and reference period.
Classifications used for income and greatest need are not consistent across the jurisdictions and are mapped to a common standard.
Not all jurisdictions collect or update all data items for every tenant so data item substitutions are made in some cases. In the instances where gross income is not available then assessable income is used in its place and vice versa.
Data collected are appropriate for reporting outputs from the public rental housing programs of state and territory governments.
There are some known accuracy issues with the data collected:
Specific State/Territory issues are:
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Care is required when comparing outputs across jurisdictions. Differences in the data collected and which records are included or excluded from a calculation can affect the coherence of the outputs. Coherence over time has been affected by changes in methodology:
The bedroom entitlement policies of state and territory housing authorities may differ from those of the Canadian National Occupancy Standard which is used in dwelling utilisation calculations.
Care should be taken when comparing data with the AIHW’s Community Housing and Indigenous Community Housing collections as different collection methodologies and collection units can lead to data incompatibilities.
Specific State/Territory issues are outlined below.
New South Wales
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by Public Rental Housing data collection, 2012-13; Quality Statement AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 05/06/2015
Supersedes Public rental housing data collection 2010–11 Data Quality Statement AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 13/06/2013